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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter

Alert message sent 25/07/2022 16:07:00

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I hope you have all recovered from the heatwave. Many of you have reported that you have Covid so may I wish you a speedy recovery. 

Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 24-7-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and Administrator for Oxford.
This weekly newsletter is for reading and/or sharing in entirety or copying and pasting. 
The index is available so you can read all or just the items of interest.  Any information, contributions and replies will be gratefully received.
If you have any comments/information/errors or want to unsubscribe you can use reply icon below.

Links and attachments at end of newsletter
Please share and care. 
 Neighbourhood  Watch  Network 
1)  Community Safety Charter
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch 
1) Bike Theft Crime Prevention Leaflet 
2) Litter Pick
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) St Aldates
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Oxford Central
Crime Prevention
1) Catalytic Converter
2) 159
1) Beware the Scammers
2) How hackers get passwords
3) Cost of Living Scams
4) Latest data
5) Student Scams 
Oxfordshire County Council
1) Activities for disabled children and young people with special educational needs and disability
2) Climate change in Oxfordshire
Oxford City Council
1) Consultation - Oxpens River Bridge
2)Youth Ambition
General Information
1) Air Ambulance
2) Food Alerts
3) State Pension
4) Check your postcode and vulnerability to extreme heat
5) National Schizophrenia Awareness Day
6)  Government launches new ASB panel for social housing 
7)  Update ahead of RMT & ASLEF rail strikes next week 

1) Community Safety Charter
The Community Safety Charter aims to provide you with proactive advice around recognising the crime, encourage reporting It to the right authority, supporting those affected by it to get the help they need and become the change within our community.  The packs will be sent every two months, which will help you develop and improve your awareness of various crimes which happen in our public spaces.  It is open to every individual, business, organisation, authority and groups that would like to know more about these crimes and how to deal with them, without having to join us as a member and are willing to share the information with family, friends, colleagues and networks.

1) Bike Theft Crime Prevention Leaflet (attachment) 
A small acorn of an idea a year ago produced a fantastic Neighbourhood Watch colleague and researchers in Oxford University working as a team to produce the attached leaflet. The vision was to give the advice nationally and that has been achieved as our leaflet is downloadable on  the National Neighbourhood Watch website and can be seen by members and non-members under bicycle theft and advice has been updated. We will help our partners in neighbourhood policing teams to help reduce bike crime by giving advice.  We will also be demonstrating independently,  particularly in socially deprived areas but we need volunteers. 

If you can find a location you can receive short training videos and can be supplied with equipment - our group of volunteers can be asked to assist as needed. We hope that you can set these events up for your communities across Oxford.  The demonstrations will feature bike locking, bike registration and FREE bike marking whist promoting the bike theft leaflet as advice and also hopefully some registrations for Neighbourhood Watch. A small acorn that is growing into an oak tree. 

If you have any project ideas please let me know.

Please read the attached leaflet and if you want any paper copies for schools, libraries of for any group please reply to icon. A lot of time and effort (through reading, speaking with agencies and producing and sending out surveys -by hand as well as electronically)  went into this and we are very proud of the final version and we intend the legacy to continue in our Roadshows.

2) Litter Pick (attachment)
Anyone (NW member or not) is welcome to join us on our community litter pick on Saturday 30th at 2-3pm outside Spar Shop in Dunnock Way, Greater Leys. Equipment supplied. Certificates for children, balloons, sweets and fruit given. 

TVP POLICE Oxford (attachment)
1) St Aldates
Do you recognise this male?
We believe they may have vital information about an assault and affray in St Aldates, Oxford, on 24 April.
Anyone with information should ring101 or make a report on our website, quoting reference 43220175149.

Central Oxford (attachment)
1) We are delighted to be assisting the Central NHPT in advising cyclists about how to prevent their bikes being stolen. The police will be doing free bike marking and registration and we will be assisting with advice and practical help. We will be at Cowley Place (near the Plain) on Friday, July 29th from 4-7pm. If you want to help please reply at the bottom of the Alert. Please share this information with neighbours, friends and family.

1) Catalytic converters 
Catalytic converters were mentioned in the Oxford Mail "THIEVES have been targeting cars parked at Oxford Parkway train station this week." There have been no other direct reports to NW in Oxford. The theft is for the price of metal and can be  lucrative for thieves. A catalytic converter can be stolen in 60 seconds!
NW members can receive a special discount on police approved security goods, including  catalytic converters from Selectamark - another good reason to join NW free with our growing volunteers in Oxford making a difference to keeping  neighbourhoods safer. 
Catalytic converter  kits from 
2) 159
If you think someone is trying to trick you into handing over money or personal details…
…Stop, hang up and call 159 to speak directly to your bank.

Last year, criminal gangs stole over £470m by pretending to be your bank or other service provider. 159 is the memorable, secure number that connects you directly to your bank if you think you’re being scammed.
159 works in the same way as 101 for the police or 111 for the NHS. It’s the number you can trust to get you through to your bank, every time.
159 will never call you. Only a fraudster will object to you calling 159 to check.
When should I call 159?
Call 159 if:
Someone contacts you saying they’re from your bank – even if they are not suspicious
You receive a call asking you to transfer money or make a payment – even if it seems genuine
You receive a call about a financial matter and it seems suspicious

1) Beware the scammers (Whats App users)
Scammers using WhatsApp are posing as family members in order to manipulate victims into transferring money.
If you get a request for money in a message, it’s always worth giving the contact a quick call on the original number you have saved for them to check the details before you go ahead, even if it’s a close relative. Don’t give security codes for any accounts to anyone.
There’s no way someone else’s code could be sent to you by accident.
Here’s how it work

2) How hackers get passwords
What happens is: a given website/service/online store will be hacked and their passwords be leaked, this is a depressingly common occurrence.  The service keeps track of this and can, when you have signed up, to send notifications of these password leakage.

An ‘entrepreneurial hacker’ will see an email address and password in a data breach, then email the user with this type of threat, suggesting they have all manner of madness to release, unless the ransom is paid.
The most important thing to remember is that the hacker never really has anything other than the leaked password!
The things to do to protect oneself from this, ranges from hard to simple.

The best, yet the hardest, is to use a different password for every website.
The simplest is to change your password as soon as possible if you see a breach notification from a provider or alert from service like
Consider changing passwords regularly.

3) Cost of living scams
The main five cost of living scams to be aware of are
a) Fake cost of living payments and energy rebates
b)  Bank card refund scam
c) Morrisons food giveaway
d) Petrol gift cards
e) Fake investments 

4) Updated data
As of 30th June 2022, the number of reports received stand at more than 12,500,000 with the removal of more than 86,000 scams across 159,000 URLs.

5) Student Scams
Over the summer holidays, many students will be looking for jobs to support their studies and
accommodation to live in and it is highly likely based on previous years that scammers will look to target them.
1) Activities for disabled children and young people with special educational needs and disability

2) Climate change in Oxfordshire
These are ways that Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils want us to help with climate change. You may not be able to do all but even choosing some of these will help.
There is a new Climate Action Oxfordshire website. It's

1) Oxpens River Bridge
The consultation on the new Oxpens River Bridge is open and Oxford City Council want your views.
The proposal sees the bridge going from Grandpont Nature Park (South side) to Oxpens Meadow (North side) connecting Osney Mead to the West to Oxford City Centre and the Train Station and then onto the wider walking and cycling networks of the city.
You can find further details and have your say here

2) Youth Ambition
Summer holiday activities for young people in Oxford (includes free school meals)

1)    Air Ambulance
No one wakes up in the morning and expects to need the Air Ambulance but that will be the reality for an average of 7 people across the Thames Valley every day.   Thames Valley Air Ambulance is the charity that gives everybody in our community the best chance of surviving and recovering from an emergency in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

2) Food Alert
a) Encore is recalling Beef Selection in Gravy multipack dog food because the Beef Steak with Potatoes in Gravy tin, within the multipack, may contain small pieces of metal.
b) Hovis Ltd is recalling Ormo (Hovis) Food Service Frozen Pancakes with Buttermilk because they contain egg, which is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to egg.
c) Munch is recalling Munch Chicken and Bacon Caesar wrap because the product contains fish which is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to fish.
d) John West is taking the precautionary action of recalling John West Boneless Sardines in Sunflower Oil and John West Sardines in Olive Oil because of a possible microbiological contamination risk.
e) Asda recalls Asda Italian Inspired Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake because of undeclared mustard

3) State pension
There are now two types of State Pension in the UK, these are Basic State Pension and New State Pension and are provided to Britons by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). Basic State Pension is for people who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016 if they paid enough National Insurance Contributions (NICs). The New State Pension is for people who reach State Pension age on or after this date. If a person is on State Pension they will receive £185.15 per week for the new State Pension or £141.85 per week for the basic.

4) Check your postcode and vulnerability to extreme heat[53888_PANUK_DIV_29_NCA_HottestDay_RET_GHI]-20220721-[bbcnews_climatechangeextremeheatpostcodecheckerheatwave_newsuk]

5) National Schizophrenia Awareness Day
25th July marks Schizophrenia Awareness Day. Schizophrenia is a complicated mental health problem with various misconceptions. But the reality is 1 in every 100 people get this diagnosis at some point in their life.

6) Government launches new ASB panel for social housing

7) Update ahead of RMT & ASLEF rail strikes next week
Dear Maggie
We promised to keep you updated ahead of industrial action being taken by RMT members on Wednesday 27th July, and ASLEF members (train drivers) on Saturday 30th July.
Services on strike days will be extremely limited, and on Saturday 30th July there will be no GWR services on most of the network. Where trains are able to run we are expecting them to be very busy, and the last services will be much earlier than normal. There will also be disruption on Thursday 28th July and Sunday 31st July. 
Our latest information regarding the strikes including when journey planners will be updated, advice to customers, and guidance on refunds and compensation is available at Planned services in your area are also shown on the webpage.
We will have a clearer idea of the impact on services on Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July next week, and we will be back in touch to update you.
There will be no rail replacement services in operation, and there is potential for further changes even on the day.
Anything you can do to alert your networks, constituents, members, staff and customers about the impact of the strike and the need to check before travelling would be very helpful.  If there is anything else we can provide for you to help get the message out please do let us know.
As always if there is anything else we can help with either before or during the strikes, we are here and will do our best to help. 
Best wishes
Jane Jones
Head of Public Affairs, GWR
Toby Elliott
Head of Communications, Network Rail Western
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford )
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